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Ocean Ecology Ltd opens office at the EMSP

Established in 2013, Ocean Ecology Limited (OEL) set out to work with the UK’s most forward-thinking organisations making use of and regulating the marine environment. It has since worked on a number of the UK's most significant marine infrastructure projects and with the majority of the UK government's regulatory bodies.

From its base by the River Severn in Gloucestershire, the company has just opened a Scottish office in The Moorings co-working suite at the European Marine Science Park.

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New anchoring technology for aquaculture takes a leap forward

For the past year, tidal energy technology specialist Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd (SME); the University of Dundee; marine equipment supplier, Gael Force Group; and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) have explored the feasibility of adapting a rock anchor approach from techniques used in marine energy sites to aquaculture.

With additional support from software provider Optum, the initial testing phase has been successfully completed and the results will allow the group to accurately predict the loads and capacity that rock anchors can bear in field trials. The findings will also enable SME to reduce the amount of material required to manufacture the anchors, leading to a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly product.

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Leading Antarctic scientist joins SAMS to further algae research

Dr. Matt Davey, who led the creation of the first ever large-scale map of microscopic algae on the snow covered Antarctic coastline – so-called ‘green snow’ – has joined the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) from the University of Cambridge to continue his research.

Dr Davey said his research could develop further following his move to SAMS, which hosts the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, the UK’s algal library and one of the most diverse collections in the world.
Photo Credit - SAMS

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Aquaculture firms in virtual support programme

This is the fifth group to start on the Pathfinder Accelerator programme, developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The programme was planned to be held in Fort William, but with face to face sessions unable to take place due to the COVID-19 crisis, the sessions will now be hosted virtually.

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COVID-19 updates from HIE

We realise this is a very worrying time for our clients and the wider community, and we are working with our partners and government to ensure we do everything we can to support our region during this crisis.

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EMSP company collaborates in international project to develop plastic-free food packaging from langoustine shell waste.

The research and development project called the Celtic Crustacean Collaboration is being led by Argyll based firm, CuanTec Limited, working with the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS).

Both are based at the European Marine Science Park (EMSP) near Oban. They are working with Versatile Packaging in the Republic of Ireland and with Northern Ireland firm, Kilkeel Seafoods.

Over the next three years the project is expected to lead to the creation of up to 13 new jobs in Argyll.

Photo Credit - with thanks to The Oban Times.

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SAMS study highlights seaweed farming as major growth opportunity for Argyll and Bute.

Given Argyll and Bute's strategic location on the west coast and abundant natural resources, there is great potential for the area to become a centre of seaweed farming in Scotland.

SAMS ( Scottish Association for Marine Science) had been commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to bring together information to help provide a template for local seaweed farming.

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